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Air Force Association
San Diego Chapter 118


Air Force Day with the Padres

The San Diego The San Diego Padres are a great supporter of the military in San Diego including our Air Force active duty, ROTC cadets and retired personnel.   The team displayed that appreciation on August 31st by graciously donating 50 tickets to Chapter members.  

While the team didn't win against the Los Angeles Dodgers, we did have a great time and great seats.  Folks accepting the invitation got to see a pre-game ceremony swearing in the newest members of the Air Force as well.  Our thanks go out again to the Padres organization for being a Community Partner to the Chapter and for their unwavering support to our military communities in San Diego.

2014 CAFA Convention.  

The 2014 California Air Force Association (CAFA) Convention was held at Vandenberg AFB, CA from August 14-16, 2014.   Chapter 266, the Robert Goddard Chapter, hosted the Convention for second year in a row and  for the third time in the last 4 years.  

At the Military Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, August 16th, we had the largest Chapter 118 contingent in recent memory.  One reason for our large attendance was the number of awardees from San Diego.  Specifically, CAFA honored our Chapter and Area 3 Teacher of the Year, Sandra Hodge;  the CAFA AFROTC Cadet of the Year, Joshua Meersman, from SDSU; and the CAFA AFJROTC Cadet of the Year, Jessica Danga, from Mira Mesa High School.  All received some impressive shadow box awards and Sandra also received another cash award.  

In the future, Sandra plans on helping us with the CyberPatriot program, and she has already got us into one school board meeting.  Chapter Vice President, Gene Alfaro’s presentation was well received by the school board.  This approach will likely be our model for expanding the program in San Diego and Imperial Counties.  Jessica will be a freshman at SDSU.  She is undecided about her major.  Whatever it is, we hope it includes the AFROTC program.  

The new CAFA Officers for 2014-2015 are: Juan Cruz (Goddard Chapter 266), President; Martin Ledwitz (Schriever Chapter 147), Vice President and Area 3 Vice President; Rhoda Weiss (Doolittle Chapter 121) Secretary; and Leigh Kelly (Pete Knight Chapter 294) Treasurer. 

Chapter 118 JROTC & ROTC Cadets Honored at CAFA Convention

Mira Mesa JROTC Cadet Jessica Danga received the JROTC Cadet of the year award at the California  Air Force Association annual conference on August 16, 2014. Cadet Danga received the award from CAFA President Lee Barnby and guest speaker Chief Master Sergeant Barnby. Subsequently she was congratulated by Chapter 118 President Dick Jeffreys. Cadet Danga attended the award banquet with her parents Mr. & Mrs. Jose Danga and sister Alexandra.

Although not present at the banquet ROTC Cadet Joshua Meersman, Detachment 075, San Diego State University was proclaimed the California State ROTC Cadet of the Year.

Chapter Elections

At our September General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 25, we will be electing Chapter Officers for 2014-2015.  We will meet at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto on Kearny Villa Road at 6:00 pm.   The address is 5353 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, CA 92123.  There is also a map on our website.

The people running for office this year are Dick Jeffreys, President; Gene Alfaro, Vice President; Crystal Arnote, Secretary; and Jack Porath, Treasurer.  All current Chapter members present are eligible to vote.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor as long as the person being nominated is either present to accept or his or her nomination or the nomination has previously been coordinated with Chapter President, Dick Jeffreys, or 858.829.3799.

AFA Chapter 118 Teacher of the Year also Area 3 Recipient

Ms. Sandra Hodge was presented the Chapter 118 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Award at a general meeting of the Chapter on May 29, 2014.  Subsequently,  she received the California Air Force Association (CAFA) Area 3 Teacher of the Year award at the CAFA convention on August 18, 2014. 

Ms. Hodge is full time teacher in the alternative education program in the Sweetwater Union High School District, and serves as the district’s public relations liaison for the robotics programs. The alternative education program offers independent study with one-on-one support from teachers at various locations in the district. Students are required to meet state standards and local and state assessments, but are able to take advantage of flexible hours and other options 

Chapter President Dick Jeffreys presented Ms. Hodge a certificate and a check; AFA National sent her a TOY pin, note folder and an additional check.  California AFA President Lee Barnby and convention guest speaker Chief Master Sergeant Barnby presented Ms. Hodge a shadow box and a check.

Air Force Birthday Party

On Saturday, September 20th, we will be celebrating the Air Force’s Birthday at the Veterans Home in Chula Vista.  The address is 700 East Naples Court, Chula Vista, CA  91911.  This is just down the hill from the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.  There is also a map on our website.  This is usually a well-attended event and includes AFSA Chapter 1365 and their Auxiliary. 

The activities will begin at 10:30 am.  We will have a short social period and the go through the serving line and eat with the residents.  For dessert, we will share a large birthday cake.  We will send sign-up information when we have it.  If you miss or can’t receive the sign-up email, you can always call Gene Alfaro at 619.985.6618.

Community Partner Highlights

With this newsletter, we are starting a new feature to highlight our Community Partners.  You can find out about them on our website, but we will be including additional information in the newsletters.  This quarter we are highlighting Greenrock Realty and owner Mike Green’s pledge to donate a portion of any commission that comes about as the result of a Chapter 118 referral.  If you decide to work with Greenrock, please let them know you are an AFA Chapter 118 member.  This link will take you the Community Partner page (

Cyber Patriot Team Briefs Chapter 118

CyberPatriot team mentor Jeremiah Albrant and team member Ian  Rodney, representatives of the Patrick Henry High School cyber team, provided an overview of their participation in CyberPatriot VI at the chapter meeting on May 29, 2014.

Team “Rodney's House,” Patrick Henry High School, San Diego, CA (Navy JROTC) was the third place winner in the ALL SERVICE DIVISION of Cyber Patriot VI Competition. The team also won the Cisco Networking Challenge.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, we’ll see you at our Chapter meeting on September 25th!

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